Competing with Asus, MSI to demo touchscreen Wind at CES

Competing with Asus, MSI to demo touchscreen Wind at CES

Summary: MSI will show a touchscreen version of its popular Wind at CES to compete with rival Asus, according to an interview with MSI's Director of U.S.

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MSI WindMSI will show a touchscreen version of its popular Wind at CES to compete with rival Asus, according to an interview with MSI's Director of U.S. Sales, Andy Tung, by LAPTOP's Joanna Stern:

Are the MSI Wind Nettops/All-In-Ones planned to hit the U.S.? Yes, we plan to sell these here. Notebooks are obviously taking off and the desktop market is going to grow a bit soft. All-in-ones is a direction for us and we are going to use the mobile products and we have 17, 19 and a 22-inch models. These will be available with touch screen options.

In addition to that, Tung also indicated the following:

  • The U120 will have a new design and WiMax/3G options and will drop in the U.S. in January;
  • The Wind U110 and U115 will drop at the end of January and have the Intel Atom Z530 platform;
  • The U115 will get both an SSD and a hard drive, which you can turn off to save battery power (10 hours, he says);
  • The 13.3-inch non-Wind, ultraportable U300 will be revealed at CES (Tung says he expects people to be"shocked," according to Stern);
  • ...and MSI will not bring Linux netbooks to market in the U.S.

(Read the full interview here.)

Get all that? It's an interesting strategy -- a touchscreen netbook, no Linux? -- but what do you think? Tell me in TalkBack.

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  • Snoozer

    [i]It?s an interesting strategy ? a touchscreen netbook, no Linux? ? but what do you think?[/i]

    Touchscreen might be nice but the "no Linux" is a deal breaker.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
    • Agreed. Windows is overkill.

      The biggest reason to have this form factor (especially with broadband wireless) is for web browsing, e-mail, multimedia and maybe remote desktop. You don't need Windows for any of this.
      Michael Kelly
      • Not neccessary true

        If what you said was true,a solution such as Xandros for the Asus Eee PC would be sufficient for the vast majority of netbooks/netboxes users.
        However people,me included,seem to prefer more advanced Linux distribution like Ubuntu Eee.
        For a significant number of netbooks/netboxes(and it will be even more true with nettops and with the future evolution of these products) users, this tool is the primary and only PC, thus they wish/expect to do more with it than just web browsing,e-mail and multimedia.
        In this context the version of Windows XP used on netbook make some sense.
        timiteh
        • People who want a real computer should avoid netbooks.

          They may think it can do all of those things but they will only be disappointed in the end. The Atom cannot run XP like a Pentium.
          T1Oracle
      • Bull

        I like the choice of Windows in a Netbook. Linux does nothing for me
        guiri
      • Agreed, but not always the case

        Agreed, but I would personally use it as a cheaper and
        smaller alternative for a laptop, to do coding on
        while I'm away from the desktop, and thus Windows is a
        must for me. XP would be fine, though. I think Vista
        would kill it.
        chaiguy1337
        • Yeah, I meant XP

          Vista has no business in a netbook, hell, nowhere else for that matter :)
          guiri
    • It depends

      It seems that neither Asus nor MSI really wanted to support Linux on their netbooks, netboxes or nettops.
      However it doesn't seem to be really a problem for Asus as they seem to know,contrary to the majority of OEM, how to set correctly a Windows loaded PC.
      As a matter of fact, the Asus 1000H seems to behave much better(it is fast,stable and works properly out of the box) than significantly more powerful/expensive notebooks.
      So i wouldn't worry,besides for security reasons of course,about netbooks,netboxes or nettops from Asus loaded with Windows XP.
      This said this won't prevent me from replacing Windows XP by Ubuntu Eee as i dislike Windows XP.
      For me it is unsecure and very outdated product.
      I haven't yet tried MSI products so i can comment on them.
      timiteh
  • Hope they demo W7 on it at CES

    If Windows7 runs as well on these as it was at PDC on existing netbooks I'll probably buy more than one. :-)
    Johnny Vegas
  • Guess you never heard of the Gigabyte M912 and/or gOS?

    Which also is to be introduced at CES....
    Even though it has windows..it has a linux quickboot(?)
    http://www.laptopical.com/gos-cloud-loads-websites-on-netbooks-in-seconds-8020.html

    Who really cares about w7?
    LazLong
  • Missing the point of Netbooks

    The market popularity of Netbooks is undeniable. Yes, the problems with runing Windows is real, and yes, they are not full-functioned computers. For me, my Eee PC allows me to throw it in my bag, travel whereever I want to go, and stay connected. I don't risk loosing my picture, music and document archive (yes-I do backup) when I go out of my hotel, or lug the big-rig whereever I go.

    Netbooks are THE great new product of 2008

    Don
    don7a@...
  • 17" is not a "netbook"

    Aren't they around the ~11 display size?

    Also, I presume by touchscreen they mean MULTI touch,
    otherwise it's just not worth it.

    Also, it would need W7 to really get any use out of
    multitouch, presumably, which might kill its
    performance (depending of course).
    chaiguy1337
  • RE: Competing with Asus, MSI to demo touchscreen Wind at CES

    ASUS Eee PC 1000H with the Asus version of Win XP is
    terrific. ASUS did a great job setting it up and it
    runs without a hitch for me. Sure, the Atom CPU is
    slower than my desktop's Core-2 Duo 2.4 GHz CPU, but
    despite having the same firewall (ZA Security Suite),
    AV+anti-spam (Vipre), and other startups (very few) my
    netbook opens faster than my desktop does. Linux in
    all its flavors turns me off. Partly because I have
    learned to despise the woolly mammoth that is
    currently called Open Office. I'm too used to Word
    2003 to appreciate whatever benefits OO might offer
    anyone.

    Every OS and app has its pluses and minuses. I like
    being able to tote that 1000H around without having my
    backpack drag me down to the pavement the way my 15.4-
    inch notebook did. It also allows me to get real work
    done. I don't do much in the way of graphics on any of
    my PCs.

    Windows meets my needs where Linux doesn't. That's all
    that matters to me about the OS.
    billfranke@...
  • I have a MSI u100

    Net books are great for on the go users. I get to check my email in a legible format as well as surf comfortably. I have a dual boot MAC/Win XP installed and love the look. Can't wait for the touch screen model.
    beenieman4355